22 Adorable Before And After Pictures Of Animals Growing Up
Pets and people share a very special bond when they grow up together, which is why we’ve compiled a list of pictures of people and their pets growing up and sometimes growing old together.
Because of their shorter lifespans, dogs, cats and other domestic animals tend to grow out of their juvenile forms relatively quickly. In a few months, that cute and doofy puppy that’s tripping all over himself will be galloping between your legs enthusiastically, and in a few months more he or she will be approaching their adult size. Their growing bodies and maturity help put the changes in our own lives into perspective as well. It also helps us appreciate the fact that they spend their lives by our sides as our faithful companions.
Their shorter lifespans also mean that our beloved pets will invariably become a beautiful lesson in both love and loss. Watching your furry childhood friend grow old and die is a harrowing and sorrowful but also natural and potentially enlightening part of life. Of course, that might not be the case for the guy with the tortoise – although their lives are drastically shorter in captivity, a pet that can live for a century or more certainly has a chance to outlive its owner.
So let’s celebrate our pets’ short but loving and meaningful lives by checking out these cool images of them growing up!
Probably one of the most confusing things – almost seems like gambling – is figuring out the right time to buy your airline tickets. Looks like it is 7 1/2 weeks according to CheapAir:
When should you buy your airline ticket? Here’s what our data has to say
It is a question that has been agonizing travelers for the last 30 years: when is the best time to buy an airline ticket? Buy too early and you feel like a sucker when the guy sitting next to you paid $100 less for buying his ticket three months later. Buy too late and…well, you might find yourself priced right out of the market.
Every year, when to buy a flight is the most frequently asked question our customer support team receives. And every year, we crunch more and more data to try to find the best answer. In 2013, we monitored 4,191,533 trips. For each trip – that is, a flight from city A to city B on a specific date with a specific trip length– we looked at prospective fares over about a 10½ month booking window, ranging from 320 days in advance, to 1 day in advance, including every possible booking date in between. It adds up to a database of 1.3 billion air fares — and a serious headache for those who were tasked with making sense of it!
The simple answer is that in 2013 the best time to buy a domestic airline ticket was 54 days in advance, or 7 1/2 weeks on average. But before you send yourself a calendar invite 54 days before your next trip, read on; there is a lot more to the story.
The “Prime Booking Window”
For most domestic trips, we found a similar pattern. The worst time to book your trip was the last minute. No big shocker there. The day before was the single worst day, two days before was the second worst, etc. etc. all the way up to 13 days in advance. Our data completely debunks the myth that if you wait until the last minute, there will be big price reductions to take advantage of, as airlines dump empty seats. That simply doesn’t happen, and buying a flight with less than two weeks advance purchase is the last strategy we would recommend.
Besides not buying at least 14 days in advance, however, the next biggest mistake was usually to buy too early. On most airlines, flights open up for sale 331 days in advance. That is the earliest you can book a flight – about 11 months in advance. We found that for about four months from that time, domestic fares tended to stay pretty steady, and pretty high. That makes sense. Airlines just don’t get aggressive about offering fare sales for flights that far in advance. (Note, we are specifically referring to fares within the U.S. here. The pattern for international flights is different and we’ll discuss in a follow up post.)
According to the data, sometime around 225 days out (7 1/2 months), on average, fares started to drop and by 104 days out (3 1/2 months) they had fallen to within $10 of their low point. From there they continued to drop, slowly but steadily, until reaching a low 54 days before departure. After 54 days, fares started to climb again, remaining within $10 of that low until 29 days out. Then, the increase began to accelerate and once you were within 14 days the fares really shot up dramatically.
In short, between about one month out and three and a half months out (29 days to 104 days) fares were at their lowest point. We call this period the “prime booking window” where the average fare on each day was within $10 of the lowest fare possible. This is the period where 2013 domestic flights were generally the least expensive and this was usually the best time to buy.
What it All Means
Of course, that’s a pretty good sized window. On the surface, it may seem like we are saying as long as you don’t buy too early and don’t buy too late, you’ll be fine, so it’s not really that critical when you actually purchase your flight. But when we drill down on the numbers we see clearly that that is the wrong conclusion to draw. We keep saying “on average” because when you throw 4 million trips together, and run the numbers, the volatility tends to get smoothed out. But if you’re going to a specific destination, on a specific set of dates, general averages across the whole U.S. industry don’t matter – what really matters are prices for your exact trip. And here you’ll see that, if you look within the “prime booking window” at the individual trip level, there is a ton of volatility and fluctuation. We found that each individual trip had an average of 92 fare changes between the time fights opened for sale and the time they departed. For domestic flights, the average difference between buying a ticket on the best possible day to buy and the worst was $312! The smooth graph that you see above which is based on averages for all markets, would have a lot more spikes and valleys if it were drawn for just one trip, like we did here. The $312 difference between buying at the right time and the wrong time drives home the point that the decision of when to buy really does make a huge impact on what you end up paying.
So What Should You Do if You’re Planning a Trip?
We know this is a lot to digest, but here’s the bottom line:
It is less important to remember the 54 days number, and more important to understand that the market for each exact trip is so unique and so volatile that averages are not that meaningful. Unfortunately, there isn’t any silver bullet, best-time-to-buy, that you can mark in your calendar and not have to worry about. We constantly tell would-be flyers to search for flights early and often. As soon as you know you might be taking a trip, start checking fares. This doesn’t necessarily mean to buy early – in fact, most of the time we suggest waiting. But you want to become familiar with the market on your exact travel dates so you know what’s a good fare, what’s not, and what’s realistic. If you check back frequently, you will likely catch fares that are both on the high side and the low side, and you’ll have the right perspective to know which is which. Be ready, though. When you do see a good deal, you’ll want to grab it, as great fares don’t typically last for very long.
Hilarious photos make Oscar nominees pose with their younger selves
This is great. A genius Reddit user stitched together pictures of celebrities posing with younger versions of themselves. Think Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was always such a fine actor? You must’ve forgot about his goofy haircut! Only remember Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale as superbly talented? They were once wide eyed boys too. And what about Jennifer Lawrence? Well, she’s still so young so she just looks like she has a twin.
The photoshopping work is great, the younger version of the celebs all look like super excited fans of the hardened actors we know now. Except Meryl Streep, she always looked regal.
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Become a Master of the Secret Menu
You may already be familiar with In-N-Out’s fabled secret menu, but it’s just one of several popular food chains whose order options aren’t limited to what’s on display. In fact, there’s a menagerie of exotic items and flavor combinations just waiting to be uncovered, if you know what to ask for. Here are five of America’s most popular hidden menus.
Some ground rules before we dive in: First and foremost, don’t be a jerk. Understand that while most franchises are willing to accommodate virtually any request a customer has—”the customer’s always right” and all that—some shops may simply not have the necessary equipment, inventory, or know-how to make your off-the-menu item.
Second, fast food chain workers in general get paid the state minimum wage—even less if they get tipped—and aren’t actually required to know what grey menu item you’re talking about, so don’t be offended if the guy behind the register doesn’t jump out of his shoes to make your double-soy, half-caff, triple-caramel, choco-macchiatio monstrosity just the way you like it.
In-N-Out, the popular Southern California burger chain that has rapidly expanded to farther reaches, has perhaps the most widely known “secret” menu in America. Seriously, it’s even listed on the company’s website. While the listed menu itself is limited to whether or not you want cheese, grilled onions, or an extra patty on your burger, the chain is famous for its off-menu additions, such as:
Double Meat, Double Cheese, or any multiple thereof: More commonly known as a Double-Double, this will score you an extra patty and an extra slice of cheese. If you want three patties and three slices of cheese, ask for a triple-triple. Any more than that, or if you want buns interspersed between the patties (like the half bun McDonald’s uses to layer Big Macs), ask for a “3 by 3″, “4 by 4″, etc.
Grilled Cheese: If you’d rather skip the patty altogether, you can also easily order a grilled cheese sandwich instead. As the company website describes, this item includes “two slices of melted American cheese, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread with or without onions on a freshly baked bun.” But no meat.
Animal Style: Slather your burger with a special sauce replete with chopped pickles and grilled onion bits. You haven’t eaten an In & Out burger until you’ve eaten it animal style.
Customized Fries: Like their burgers, In & Out’s fries are made to order. Ask for them Well Done (super crispy and greasy), Light Well (aka medium-well), with or without salt, or with a layer of melted cheese—you can even get them animal style if you’re feeling adventurous.
Protein Style: Looking to maintain your figure? Then you probably shouldn’t be eating fast food. But if you just gotta have a burger, minimize its impact on your waistline by foregoing the bun and swaddling your patty in a lettuce wrapper instead.
Root Beer Float: Mixing equal parts vanilla shake and root beer soda, this creamy concoction doesn’t need a spoon.
Image: AP Photo/Adam Lau
Starbucks will make most anything your heart (and taste buds) desire, generally of the frappuccino variety, in a number of sizes that aren’t listed on the board. Here are a few of the more popular and widely available off-menu options, as dug up by Starbucks Secret Menu:
Red Velvet Frappuccino: This chilled concoction consists of a Half White Chocolate/Half regular Mocha Frappuccino blended with raspberry syrup and topped with whipped cream.
Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino: Have the barista fill strawberry juice to the first line of the cup and milk to the next. Then have him blend two scoops of vanilla bean powder, three pumps of white mocha syrup, one pump of toffee nut syrup, a dash of creme base, ice, and whipped cream together before pouring it into the cup and topping with whipped cream. Tip well; this is a pain to make.
Tiramisu Frappuccino: While the actual version of this drink is only available seasonally in Japan, you can have your local shop make a very close facsimile. You may want to just print this out and hand it to the barista:
Start with a Coffee Frappuccino
Add ½ pump hazelnut syrup, ½ pump toffee nut syrup, 1 pump caramel flan syrup, 1 pump mocha syrup
Add 1 espresso shot affogato (poured on top)
Top with caramel whipped cream, caramel flan sauce, and mocha drizzle
Cotton Candy Frappuccino: This delectable treat is surprisingly simple to make. Just ask the barista to add a pump or two of raspberry syrup to your vanilla bean frappuccino.
The Short: Want just a little bit of coffee? Like, less than a tall? You’re in luck. Starbucks offers an even smaller serving—essentially a kid’s cup—known as the “Short.”
Section image: AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Ordering special drinks from Jamba Juice can be a bit tricky—not because the shop doesn’t have the necessary ingredients, but because there’s no guarantee that the clerk will know what you’re talking about. It’s not like one can inherently divine the ingredients of these drinks by name alone, though they do taste just like they sound, so be sure you have a solid understanding of what goes into these drinks before you order.
Here are four of the most popular off-menu items offered by the fruit juice chain—there are more than 40 custom concoctions in all—as explained by Secret Menu-holic. Heck, there’s very little stopping you from making these yourself, at home, for a fraction of the price. All you need is a decent blender.
White Gummi Bear: One of three gummi bear variations (the other two being blue and red), a white gummi bear combines soy milk, peach juice, mango chunks, and four types of sherbet.
Mix 6 ounces of peach juice and 4 ounces of soy milk.
Add 1 scoop each of Lime, Raspberry, Orange, and Pineapple sherbet (you can easily replicate this with generic a tub of tutti-frutti sherbet from your local bodega’s freezer section), as well as one scoop each of crushed ice and Mango chunks.
Skittles: With a base of peach lemonade and lime sherbet combined with frozen yogurt and strawberries, a Skittle’s smoothie is both sweet and tart, just like it’s namesake.
Mix 1 cup of Peach Lemonade and one scoop lime sherbet.
Add 2 scoops each of frozen yogurt, frozen strawberries, and ice
Pink Starburst: A bit creamier than the Skittles, a Pink Starburst leverages all the sherbets as well as lemonade and soy milk to make arguably the best tasting item not on the Jamba Juice menu.
Mix 6 ounces each of Lemonade and Soymilk
Add one scoop each of Pineapple, Raspberry, Lime, and Orange as well as a single scoop of both frozen strawberries and crushed ice
Sourpatch Kids: Lip-puckeringly tart, the Sour Patch Kids smoothie may not be for everyone. Ask for a scoop of frozen yogurt or a dash of soy milk if you find the mix too sharp for your liking.
Pour 12 ounces Lemonade into a blender jug.
Add one scoop each: Pineapple, Raspberry, Lime, and Orange sherbet, as well as one scoop of blueberries.
Drown It in Mashed Potatoes: Easily the best item on the KFC menu, mashed potatoes make everything better. Add them to your meal, add them to your sides, add them to your sandwich—hell add them to your drink. There’s nothing that KFC’s mashed potatoes and gravy don’t improve. All you have to do is ask.
Double Down: Who needs bread when you’ve got a breaded chicken breast, nay, two breaded chicken breasts? The KFC Double Down, essentially a chicken sandwich that replaced the buns with breaded breast meat—and replaced the lettuce, tomato, and onion with bacon and melted cheese—may not have lasted long as an official menu item, but it is still very much available to those who know to ask. For an extra dash of self-loathing, you can make it a triple.
Baconize It: You’re clearly not eating at KFC for its health benefits, so you might as well up your caloric ante with an extra smattering of bacon, right? Considered mashed potato’s meat equivalent, you’ll be hard pressed to find a menu option that can’t also include bacon.
Poutine that Poultry: Poutine, Canada’s national snacktime treasure, combines the deliciousness of french fries with the curdledness of, um, milk curds (you know, the solidified precipitate of the cheese-making process), and tops the whole ordeal with gravy. If you want it, all you have to do is ask, but won’t somebody please think of your arteries?
Extra Cheese and Patties: Like In-N-Out, Jack in the Box is happy to add as many slices and patties the that burger as you wish. Just ask, but don’t let your eyes outpace your stomach.
Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger: The single best item on the JitB menu isn’t actually on the menu. The Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger (or BBC) augments the simple deliciousness of a basic cheeseburger with the savory goodness of two strips of bacon. You can also swap in sourdough bread if you so choose, though either way avoids the cholestoric overload inherent with the chain’s Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger.
Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich: It’s early, you’re hungry, now is not the time for halfhearted breakfasts. Don’t mess around in the morning when you can order a Loaded Grilled Breakfast Sandwich—a conventional Grilled Breakfast Sandwich but with an additional pair of fried eggs, two slices of ham, two slices of cheese, and two strips of bacon. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from adding any other meat/cheese/deep fried product from the menu if you so choose.
Mint Oreo Shake: A flavor mix exceeded in popularity only by peanut butter and chocolate, it’s surprising that Jack in the Box’s Mint Oreo Shake isn’t on the regular menu, given how much people request it. Yes, it tastes exactly how it sounds—delicious.
This is a cool way to much more easily search your emails for those extra large files taking up way too much space! New today from Google:
Search emails by size more easily
Released on 2/25/2014
The Gmail advanced search box now has an option to search emails by size. Emails can now be searched without using operators like “size:” and “larger:”. The advanced search options can be accessed by clicking on the down arrow in the search box in Gmail.